How to Make Lined Drapes

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Overview
  • Total Time: 2 hrs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Making your own professional-looking lined drapes is easier than you might think. The sewing itself is all straight lines. The key is to be precise about your measurements, so the fabric and lining hang correctly together and at your desired length. Sewing your own curtains is often more cost-effective than buying something pre-made, and you get to pick fabric that perfectly matches your style. Plus, you can custom-fit the drapes to your window size. This project requires intermediate sewing skills and a couple hours of your time to create one lined curtain. 

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

Materials

  • Outer fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Matching thread

Instructions

  1. Cut the Materials and Sew the Bottom Fabric Hem

    Install your curtain rod, and hang the rings you're going to use.

    Measure from the bottom of the curtain ring to the floor. Subtract 1/4 inch. This is your finished drape length.

    Cut your fabric and lining materials to the following measurements:

    • Fabric width: Use the full width of the fabric, but trim off the selvage.
    • Fabric length: Take your finished drape length measurement, and add 10 inches for the bottom hem and 14 inches for the heading.
    • Lining width: Subtract 3 inches from the fabric width.
    • Lining length: Take your finished drape length measurement, and add 4 inches for the bottom hem and 2 inches for the heading.

    Next, you'll sew the bottom hem of the fabric. Fold the bottom fabric edge up 5 inches, and press. Then, fold it up another 5 inches, and press. Pin it in place. Sew it with a ​blind hem stitch or a straight stitch.

    marked bottom hem on drape
    The Spruce / Jennifer Thoden
  2. Sew the Bottom Hem of the Lining

    Fold the bottom edge of the lining up 2 inches, and press. Fold it up another 2 inches, and press. Pin it in place. Then, sew it with a blind hem stitch or a straight stitch.

    marked drape lining
    The Spruce / Jennifer Thoden
  3. Sew the Lining and Fabric Together

    Lay the fabric right side up. Lay the lining right side down, so the bottom edge is 1 inch above the bottom edge of the fabric.

    Align one side edge, and pin in place. Then, sew the materials together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Repeat on the other side.

    marked lining and fabric
    The Spruce / Jennifer Thoden
  4. Press the Drape

    Turn the drape right side out. Your fabric will fold over to the lining side about 1 1/2 inches. Carefully press the drape, so the fabric is even on both sides of the lining. Pin as necessary to keep the layers from slipping.

    drape right side out diagram
    The Spruce / Jennifer Thoden
  5. Fold the Raw Fabric Edges

    Lay the drape lining side up. Then, fold in the raw side edges of the fabric at the top of the drape, and pin in place. Stitch the edges in place with a straight stitch.

    marked side hems
    The Spruce / Jennifer Thoden
  6. Measure for the Top Hem

    Tuck the raw edges of the fabric at the bottom corners of the bottom hem, and stitch the bottom corners in place.

    Then, lay the drape lining side up again. Measure from the bottom edge up to the finished length, and mark that spot near the top with a couple of pins.

    measured finished length
    The Spruce / Jennifer Thoden
  7. Stitch the Top Hem

    Fold the top edge down to the lining side, so the top edge is about 1 inch past the pins you just placed. Pin the top edge in place.

    Stitch the top edge to the drape along the pinned measurement for the finished length.

    marked top hem
    The Spruce / Jennifer Thoden
  8. Finish the Drape

    Clip or sew the curtain rings to the drape along the line you just stitched.

    When you hang the drape, the fabric will fold over to the front. Arrange and fold the fabric as desired.

    finished drape
    The Spruce / Jennifer Thoden